Letter from the President
The ATA continues to be successful largely because of its volunteers. Many thanks to all of you who have given to this organization in the past and who have agreed to serve again this year.
The annual meeting marks the start of a new year and an opportunity to present our research and connect with long-time friends. I want to thank Amy Hageman and her committee for developing a great set of ATA sessions at the 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The annual meeting also gave us the opportunity to celebrate our members’ achievements in research, teaching and service. The following ATA members were recognized at the ATA lunch at the Annual Meeting:
- ATA/PWC Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation – Christina Lewellen
- ATA Teaching Innovation Award – Kerry Inger, Mollie Adams and Michele Meckfessel
- JATA Conference Discussant Award – Jaron Wilde
- JATA Best Paper Award 2016 – Brian Bratten and David S. Hulse
- JLTR Outstanding Manuscript Award – Roby Sawyers and David Baumer
- ATA Outstanding Manuscript Award – John Graham, Michelle Hanlon, and Terry Shevlin
- Marty Escoffier Hospitality Award – Raquel Alexander
- ATA Outstanding Service Award – Anthony Curatola
- Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Educator – John Robinson
Congratulations to all recipients!
Planning is in progress for the 2018 Midyear meeting, Doctoral Consortium, and Teaching and Curriculum Conferences in New Orleans on February 15-17 at the Astor Crowne Plaza. Where Canal Street meets Bourbon Street, the hotel will provide luxury accommodation in the beating heart of the legendary French Quarter. Lynn Jones and her committee are finalizing what promises to be another great program. Highlights of the meeting include:
- Plenary I, “Tax Scholarship in Europe: Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary and Critical Perspectives”
- “Tax Academia in Ireland and the UK,” Dr. Emer Mulligan (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
- “Alternative Approaches to Tax Research,” Prof. Lynne Oats (University of Exeter, UK)
- “Taxation Through the Eyes of an Anthropologist,” Dr. Lotta Björklund Larsen (Linköping University, Sweden)
- “The Impact of Power and Trust on Taxpayer Behavior,” Prof. Erich Kirchler (University of Vienna, Austria)
- Plenary II, “Tax Experts and Tax Reform,” Dr. Joel Slemrod
- Luncheon guest speaker, Patrick Juneau, Vice President, BP
- “Pathways to a Sustainable Future,” Dr. Anne Christensen (AAA President-Elect)
- Panel, “Attracting Students to Tax,” led by Dr. Tracy Noga
- Back by demand
- Lunch Table Topics
- Tax Technical Sessions
Please consider providing a submission to the Teaching and Curriculum Conference, JATA Conference, JLTR Conference, other research session, or PechaKucha session. Each provides a valuable opportunity for both presenters and participants. I also encourage you to nominate an ATA member for one of our awards and/or to serve the ATA as an officer.
I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
Benjamin C. Ayers
President, ATA 2017-2018
University of Georgia